The King Mango Strut Parade has spent thirty years making fun of silly celebrities and seedy politicians. People impersonating these "media stars" wander through Coconut Grove like clockwork at the end of every year (they'll do it again on Dec. 29).
Now imagine something different, this clever parade
without the likes of Ted Cruz, Richie Incognito, or a twerking Miley
Cyrus. Wouldn't that be better? Couldn't this tired parade use an
infusion of young blood?
King Mango will get
transfused this Saturday when kids take over the 32-year tradition.
Their new, improved parade , "The Kid's King Mango Strut", will march
through the Miami Book Fair on November 23 at 10:30 a.m. The procession
is being produced by my book fair friends and myself. It feels good to be turning this old idea into something new.
The King will get a fresh start in downtown Miami; his procession will have
many groups of children. Their themes will be derived from the world of writing and literature. As there are books about almost everything, it isn't too limiting.
The children's parade will be
simple and small like the Grove's "Strut" used to be. Groups will
include, "The Reading Robots", "A Funeral Procession for Cursive
Writing", and "Kendall's Kindle Precision Drill
Many young strutters will be dressed as their favorite authors
and book characters. Unlike the Grove parade, motorized vehicles will
not be allowed (kids are too young to drive anyway).
Kid's King Mango Strut will begin at the fair's "Children's Alley" at NE
1 St.and NE 3 Ave. at 10:30 a.m. It will make its way around the
entire fair until it winds up where it began. Book fair admission is $8
adults, teen and seniors $5, and kids are free.
Random Reading Robots
Come to the book fair on Saturday. See how silly King Mango's kids can be!